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Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

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Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

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Federal Child Pornography Laws – An Attorney’s Overview

I know you might be feeling worried about potential child pornography charges. As an attorney who regularly defends people accused of these crimes, I want to provide an overview of federal child pornography laws to help you understand what you might be facing. I’ll walk through the basics in an easy-to-understand way and give some practical advice.First off, child pornography is absolutely considered a very serious crime under federal law. The penalties are harsh, and the laws themselves are complex. But I’m here to break it all down for you in simple terms, so take a deep breath – knowledge is power.

What is Considered Child Pornography Under Federal Law?

Basically, federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone under 18 years old). This includes actual images or videos of real children engaging in sexual acts or posing in a sexually suggestive way showing their genitals or breasts. It also includes digitally created or altered images that are “indistinguishable” from an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.The legal definition gets pretty technical, but in plain English it boils down to:

  • Any nude or partially nude images of anyone under 18 in a sexual situation, or
  • Graphic or simulated sexual images of anyone under 18.

This applies even if the minor consented to the images or videos being produced. Federal law views all child pornography as fundamentally abusive and exploitative.

How are These Laws Enforced?

Federal authorities take enforcing child pornography laws very seriously. Most charges arise from:

  • Internet Activity: If child pornography is uploaded, downloaded, or even just viewed on the internet, federal agents can track IP addresses and bring charges. This includes peer-to-peer file sharing networks.
  • Border Searches: Customs agents search electronic devices at borders and airports. Images found during these searches can lead to charges.
  • Undercover Operations: Federal agents pose as minors or sex traffickers online to catch potential offenders. This leads to many arrests.
  • Tips: Schools, employers, or even family members may notice or report suspicious online activity. This brings many people under investigation.

In other words, the feds are aggressively monitoring internet traffic and digital communications looking for child pornography. Just being accused of these crimes can totally turn your life upside down.

What are the Penalties if Convicted?

The penalties for federal child pornography convictions are severe:

  • Even a first offense can mean at least 5 years in federal prison. Many sentences are 10 years or longer.
  • Fines up to $250,000 are common. You also face forfeiture of computers and other assets.
  • Lifetime sex offender registration is required after release from prison. This brings many restrictions on where you can live and work.
  • Probation lasting 5 years to life often follows incarceration. Violating probation can land you back in prison.
  • Loss of reputation, relationships, and employment prospects can be devastating.

As you can see, just being convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography can permanently alter the entire course of your life. These cases must be handled extremely carefully from the very beginning.

What are Some Common Defenses?

Given the severe penalties, having an experienced federal criminal defense attorney in your corner is critical when facing child porn allegations. Some defenses we often employ include:

  • You Didn’t Know: We may argue you were entirely unaware that any illegal images were present. For example, they could have been downloaded through malware without your knowledge.
  • You Didn’t Intend To: You accessed a site or link without knowing it contained illegal content. Just clicking on something accidentally does not equal intent to obtain child porn.
  • It’s Not You: Someone else used your device or internet connection without your permission. This happens often in shared living situations.
  • It’s Not a Real Minor: Advanced expert analysis of images may show that no actual children were involved. This can defeat charges.
  • Illegal Search: We scrutinize how evidence was obtained by law enforcement. Any violations of your rights can result in evidence being thrown out.

An experienced attorney knows how to craft the strongest defense possible in your specific circumstances. Don’t go it alone.

What Should You Do if Facing Charges?

If you are contacted by federal agents regarding child pornography, either in person or through a notice in the mail, or if your home/office is raided, you need to act quickly:

  • Remain Silent: Do not answer any questions without an attorney present. What you say can absolutely be used against you.
  • Hire a Lawyer: Retain federal criminal defense counsel as soon as possible. Early intervention is key.
  • Follow Our Advice: With skilled guidance, we can seek to have charges reduced or dismissed, or pursue a favorable plea bargain.
  • Get Help: Seek counseling for any underlying issues, as this can aid your defense. Be proactive.

You have rights, no matter how serious the allegations. An attorney experienced in federal child pornography cases will protect your rights and future. It’s critical to have someone in your corner fighting for you while remaining sensitive to the situation.I hope this overview has helped you understand the basics of federal child pornography laws. Reach out anytime if you need guidance – I’m here to help. Stay strong. With the right legal strategy, we can get through this together.


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